Past Oregon Library Association (OLA) Conference Programs, 1942 to Present

A few years ago I served on the Oregon Library Association (OLA) Programming Committee to help organize the annual conference. During that time, I was intrigued by the lack of access to past OLA conference programs, even to just the prior year. At the time, as a first time presenter at the conference I was also curious to see what kinds of past programs the Academic College Research Libraries (ACRL) Division of Oregon had sponsored in the past. I was also curious about the conference logos (as a graphic designer hobbyist) and general conference themes.

So I asked around, starting with my committee members. They, however, did not have any copies of past conference programs, except for the committee chair who only had the previous two years. I was sure that OLA would have digital copies of these somewhere. After all, the conference programs reflect the cultural history of this organization and provide context to the important issues facing libraries at the time. But I was wrong and there were no digital copies.

I continued to ask OLA officials, and a few had personal copies of years they attended stashed away in folders. Finally, someone had mentioned that the State of Oregon Library might have copies. So I verified this and setup an appointment to look through their collection. I was a little surprised to find them heaped in several cardboard boxes with thick layers of dust. As I began to look through them, it seemed as if they had been left in these boxes for decades, nearly forgotten in the depths of the building. But on the top was multiple copies of the conference program from the previous year. Thankfully someone had been collecting these over the years, or as I would find out later, had collected selectively.

Why didn’t someone provide copies of the OLA conference programs online? Were they viewed as unimportant? Was it really that much of an issue to scan these and put them online? When I asked these questions, the common answers I received were that “no one had ever felt the need to do so before,” “there have always been other digital projects that were more pressing,” and “maybe it needed to be scanned appropriately to retain the highest quality.” So they sat in boxes on a shelf in a dark room waiting for their chance to reappear. They must have been waiting for me!

So I obtained permission to borrow the boxes of programs from the State of Oregon Library to scan them, and over the course of several days I scanned all of the programs. I provided a copy of the scanned images to the State of Oregon Library as a thank you. And over the next two years of periodic work on this project, I cleaned up the scanned images, tracked down missing conference programs and information about the programs as best as I could, and placed what I had online. Below are the results.

I hope to analyze these programs and write a little more about the OLA conference history on this blog, and perhaps submit something to the Oregon Library Association Quarterly journal for publication. I’m especially excited about the OLA and Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) vote at this year’s OLA and OASL Conferences (2012) to merge together. By looking through the past of OLA, the present and future may gain additional synergy and future growth. (Perhaps someone from the OASL would like to scan old conference programs too!) Enjoy these PDFs!

NOTE: While I did scan these documents and the general public may freely access these, copyright of the images and text in the documents belongs to the Oregon Library Association (OLA).  Until they are “properly scanned” and made available to the general public by OLA or another related professional organization, I intend to provide these scanned versions on this site (Libraryshoptalk.wordpress.com).

As you’ll notice, several years are missing, particularly current years. If you have any of the missing conference programs, please contact John Repplinger at jrepplin@willamette.edu.  These are the missing years: 1943, 1945, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1958, 1967, 1971, 1980

Oregon Library Association (OLA) Conference Programs

1946 to present (various date)

 1942 Program Cover

1942, January 24

 Salem

1st Annual

(Mid-Winter Conference)

 Conference Summary & Signatures of Attendees

1943 Conference program is missing

1943 Conference Attendees
 1944 Program Cover

1944, May 6

Salem

2nd Annual

 

1945 Conference program is missing

 1946 Program Cover

1946, May 25

Salem

4th Annual

 

1947 Conference program is missing

 1948 Program Cover

1948, May 22

Portland

6th Annual

 

1949 Conference program is missing

1950 Conference program is missing

 1951 Program Cover

1951, May 19

Eugene

9th Annual

“Let’s Develop”

 
 1952 Program Cover

1952, May 9-10

Ashland

10th Annual

“Our American Heritage”

 
 1953 Program Cover

1953

11th Annual

“Facing the Future: Books Speak for Themselves… Let the Librarians Speak, Too”

 
 1954 Program Cover

1954, April 30-May 1

Corvallis

12th Annual

“Oregon Libraries in Action”

 
 1955-cover

1955, April 29-30

La Grande

13th Annual

 
 

1956, April 17-28

Salem

14th Annual

 
 

1957, May 3-4

Portland

15th Annual

 

1958 Conference program is missing

 

1959, May 8-9

Bend

17th Annual

 
 

1960, April 29-30

Eugene

18th Annual

 
 1961-cover

1961, April 28-29

Medford

19th Annual

“The Challenges of the Sixties”

 
 1962-cover

1962, April 27-28

Pendleton

20th Annual

“The Book in the Picture”

 
 1963-cover

1963, April 26-27

Portland

21st Annual

“The Library Meets the Community”

 
 1964-cover

1964, April 23-25

Salem

22nd Annual

“Libraries – Oregon – 1964”

 
 1965-cover

1965, April 22-24

Coos Bay

23rd Annual

“Design for Progress”

 
 1966-cover

1966, April 28-30

Klamath

24th Annual

“Planning for Progress”

 

1967 Conference program is missing

 1968-cover

1968, April 25-27

Gearhart

26th Annual

“Vanquishing Boundaries in Librarianship”

 
 1969-cover

1969, April 9-12

Salem

27th Annual

 
 1970-cover

1970, April 16-18

Portland

28th Annual

“Libraries in the 70s are for people and books”

 

1971 Conference program is missing

 1972-cover

1972, April 27-29

Roseburg

30th Annual

“Cushion Conflict with Cooperation”

 
 1973-cover

1973, April 26-28

Pendleton

31st Annual

Action in Today’s World

 
 1974-cover

1974, April 25-27

Corvallis

32nd Annual

 
 1975-cover

1975, April 10-12

Medford

33rd Annual

 

& Revised Schedule (PDF)

 1976-cover

1976, April 28-May 1

Lincoln City

34th Annual

 
 1977-cover

1977, April 21-23

Marylhurst

35th Annual

 
 1978-cover

1978, April 20-22

Eugene

36th Annual

“Statistics are the Beacon of Our Happy Life”

 
 1979-cover

1979, April 19-21

Portland

37th Annual

“Looking Toward the 80’s”

 

1980 Conference program is missing

 1981-cover

1981, April 22-25

39th Annual

 
 1982-cover

1982, April 14-17

Portland
(1st OLA/WLA Conference)

40th Annual

“Libraries – Pure Gold”

 
 1983-cover

1983, April 7-9

Eugene

41st Annual

“Making Libraries Fit”

 

& Handout (PDF)

 1984-cover

1984, April 11-14

Welches

42nd Annual

“OLA 1984”

 
 1985-cover

1985, April 10-13

Pendleton

43rd Annual

“Oregon Libraries on the Next Frontier: Communication, Credibility, Creativity”

 
 1986-cover

1986, April 20-23

Gleneden Beach

44th Annual

“Dewey Did – Do We? Or Back to Basics”

 
 1987-cover

1987, April 22-25

Portland

45th Annual

“Libraries: Pure Gold2”

 
 1988-cover

1988, April 6-9

Eugene

46th Annual

“Libraries: Window to the World”

 

& Handout (PDF)

 1989-cover

1989, April 5-8

Sun River

47th Annual

“Libraries Give us Wings”

 

& Map (PDF)

 1990-cover

1990, March 28-31

Portland

48th Annual

“50 Year Celebration: 1940-1990”

 

& Handout (PDF)

 1991-cover

1991, April 10-13

Ashland

49st Annual

“Oregon Libraries: Together into the Future”

 
 1992-cover

1992, April 8-11

Portland

50th Annual

“Innovate!”
(3rd OLA/WLA Conference)

 
 1993-cover

1993, March 31- April 3

Eugene

51st Annual

“Ideals into Action”

 

& Handout (PDF)

 1994-cover

1994, April 6-9

Sun River

52nd Annual

“Commitment, Connection, Clout”

 
 1995-cover

1995, April 26-29

Portland

53rd Annual

“Creating New Connections”

 
 1996-cover

1996, April 26-27

Portland

54th Annual

“Oregon’s Promise: Intellectual Freedom”

 
 1997-cover

1997, April 23-26

Portland

55th Annual
(OLA/WLA Conference)

“Get Wired, Get Inspired”

 
 1998-cover

1998, March 30-April 1

Eugene

56th Annual

“Reboot, Refresh, Restore”

 
 1999-cover

1999, March 31-April 2

Seaside

57th Annual

“Make a Wave: Educate, Advocate, Lead”

 
 2000-cover

2000, April 5-7

Portland

58th Annual

“Libraries: A Proud Tradition, A Bright Future”

 
 2001-cover

2001, March 28-30

Seaside

59th Annual

“Libraries: A Proud Tradition, A Bright Future”

 
 2002-cover

2002, April 17-20

Portland

60th Annual

“Building Bridges”

 

& Additional Program Information (PDF)

 2003-cover

2003, April 23-25

Corvallis

61st Annual

“Steering the Flexible Course”

 
 2004-cover

2004, April 14-16

Eugene

62nd Annual

“Diversity, Not Window Dressing”

 
 2005-cover

2005, April 6-8

Portland

63rd Annual

“The Power in Collaboration”

 
 2006-cover

2006, April 5-7

Salem

64th Annual

“Thriving on Change, Embrace the Possibilities”

 
 2007-cover

2007, April 18-20

Corvallis

65th Annual

“Civics, Cyberspace, Change”

 
 2008-cover

2008, April 16-18

Vancouver

66th Annual

“OLA/WLA: Sharing More Than a Boarder”

 2008 Exhibitor List
 2009-cover

2009, April 1-3

Salem

64th Annual

“One State, Many Stories”

 

2010 Cancelled

Due to PLA Conference in Portland

 2011-cover

2011, April 6-8

Salem

69th Annual

“Libraries Build Communities Build Libraries”

 
 2012-cover

2012, April 25-27

Bend

70th Annual

“Right at the Heart of Things”

 

About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

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